U.S. News: HPU among best colleges for veterans in West

December 16, 2013

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the “Best Colleges for Veterans” in its region. HPU placed No. 19 in “Regional Universities in the West” for 2014 in the news site's respected listing.

“This aligns with our overall HPU goal of being a top 10 overall regional university,” said Justin W. Vance, Ed.D, interim dean of HPU’s Military Campus Programs (MCP). HPU has been ranked very highly by other organizations such as the Military Times (Best for Vets) and G.I. Jobs (Military Friendly University). However, “the U.S. News and World Report ranking system is considered among the most respected and widely viewed in higher education,” said Vance.

MCP Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Kasey Wilson pointed out that the new ranking is also based on a new grading scale. U.S. News performed its own calculations based on criteria it deemed appropriate rather than ask for schools’ input.

“Essentially, this is the most objective ranking of HPU’s veteran and military support to date,” according to Wilson, “reflecting the university’s continuing commitment to serving the military community.”

The methodology behind the new ranking combines U.S. News’ “Best for Vets” rankings and regional rankings. To qualify for the veteran ranking, the school must have a VA Certifying Official, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and be a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC). 

Vance expressed great gratitude to the HPU community. “This honor is due to the hard work and expertise of all HPU’s faculty and staff in helping HPU’s veteran students achieve their educational and professional goals,” he said.

For more information, contact Vance at (808) 543-8096. See